Richard LeBaron

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council

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GCC, US Foreign Policy, US policy in the Middle East , US-Gulf relations


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  • April 08, 2015
    Al-Qaeda in the Arabia Peninsula (AQAP) has emerged as one of the biggest beneficiaries of the crisis in Yemen where its traditional enemies—Saudi Arabia and Zaydi Shia Houthi rebels—are preoccupied in a war against each other. “AQAP is benefitting from
  • April 08, 2015
    South Asia Center Nonresident Senior Fellow Barbara Slavin writes for Al Monitor on the upcoming meeting between President Obama and leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council at Camp David, quoting Nonresident Senior Fellow Richard LeBaron and Brent Scowcroft Center Nonresident Senior Fellow Matthew Kroenig:
  • April 02, 2015
    The heads of Arab League countries agreed at a summit in Egypt last month to set up a joint military force. Tarek Radwan, an Associate Director for the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center and editor of the MENASource blog, interviewed
  • April 02, 2015
    The conclusion of the Arab League Summit on March 30, 2015 culminated in a grand statement announcing the formation of a joint Arab military force to tackle regional challenges from the Maghreb to Yemen. While significant, particularly given the ongoing
  • March 25, 2015
    The New York Times quotes Nonresident Senior Fellow Richard LeBaron on Ron Dermer, the Israeli ambassador to the United States, and his role in attempting to bridge the gap between the United States and Israel:
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Full Bio

Richard LeBaron is a Nonresident Senior Fellow with the Atlantic Council with a special focus on the Gulf region.

Ambassador LeBaron is a career diplomat with over thirty years experience abroad and in Washington. His most recent overseas posting was as deputy chief of mission at the US embassy in London from August 2007 to August 2010. Ambassador LeBaron served as chargé d'affaires in London from February to August 2009. Previous to his assignment to London, Ambassador LeBaron served as the US ambassador to Kuwait (2004 to 2007). From September 2001 to July 2004, Ambassador LeBaron served as deputy chief of mission at the Embassy of the United States in Tel Aviv, Israel. Ambassador LeBaron was minister-counselor for political and economic affairs at the Embassy of the United States in Cairo, Egypt from 1998 to 2001. While posted in Washington from 1991 to 1998, he served in three positions related to the Middle East: director for Near East and South Asian affairs at the National Security Council, director of the Peace Process and Regional Affairs Office in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at the Department of State, and public affairs adviser for the Near Eastern Bureau. From 1991 to 1993, Ambassador LeBaron was political officer in the State Department's Office of European Community Affairs. Ambassador LeBaron's earlier overseas diplomatic postings included: Lisbon (1989-91), Tunis (1986-89), New Delhi (1982-84) and Managua (1980-82). Before he entered the Foreign Service, the Ambassador held a two-year consultancy in Brazil working on science policy issues. Ambassador LeBaron studied at the University of Colorado (BA) and The George Washington University (MA).